Donald J. Carone Obituary – Erie Times-News

Donald J. Carone, who spent his life counseling others and being guided by ideals of peace and justice, died on Thursday October 27, 2022. He was 78 years old.

Don was born in Titusville, but he and his brother Bob were raised in Oil City, sons of the late Anthony and Helen (McGurn) Carone. He was both the class clown and an avid baseball fan. He once claimed to have lost his position in left field to a boy with a broken arm.

After earning his master’s degree from Gannon University, Don became a counselor, first with Stairways Behavioral Health, then with the Serenity program at St. Vincent Hospital, and finally with Catholic Charities, the latter two as a certified addiction counselor. After the day’s work, Don went to an office at St. Marks Seminary where he sought out couples who needed counseling services. He co-founded a support group for separated and divorced Catholics, which earned him the Vatican’s Benemerenti Medal for his service to the Church. Don was a member of Our Lady of Peace Church.

In the winter of 1986, Don worked up the courage to ask out a woman he had admired for years. Ten months later he married Carol Madden. She was the love of his life.

Don was proud of his Italian heritage but less proud of his golf game. That didn’t stop him from competing in an annual Sicilian golf tournament. He also often played with his longest and dearest friend, Monsignor Robert Smith, who insists Don wasn’t the best at stroke counting.

Don spent his weekend afternoons at home surrounded by his beloved books and watching football (Notre Dame, Pittsburgh Steelers) or the Pittsburgh Pirates. He could read Thomas Merton while drinking a Manhattan and yelling at referees. He was a master impressionist. He could do it with Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Stewart. He often called the people closest to him and sang Happy Birthday as Dean Martin. His heroes were Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Don is survived by Carol Carone, his wife of 36; by his children Angela Carone (Larry Morris) from Atlanta, Kara Carone (Dave Fuchs) from Erie, Jason Madden (Kelly) from Erie and Carrie Peck (Daniel) from Seattle, grandchildren, PJ Madden, Keegan Peck, Filomena Peck and Oliver Picken ; Brother Robert Carone (Kay) of Erie; many nieces and nephews; his esteemed family from the Northeast; and select family members Ginger Madden, Msgr. Robert Smith and the family dog ​​Maggie. He is also survived by the numerous clients who benefited from his leadership.

Friends are invited to call at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street on Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 West 38th Street.

Memorials can be made to Catholic charities, Emmaus Soup Kitchen, or Erie homes for children and adults. Condolences can be sent to

Posted October 29, 2022

Published in Erie Times News

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